Suffered from complications after receiving a Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant? Nadrich & Cohen can represent you in a lawsuit.
Lawsuits allege that the Cartiva toe implant received a fast-tracked FDA approval. They allege the rate of Cartiva implant failures is much higher than claimed. Lawsuits claim that Stryker knew that the Cartiva toe implants had a high failure rate. They claim Stryker failed to warn about this and failed to recall the product.
Have you suffered complications after a Cartiva toe implant failure? You may qualify for financial compensation for medical bills and lost wages. You may receive money for pain, suffering and more in a Cartiva toe implant lawsuit. Our experienced lawyers have been handling defective medical device cases since 1990. We have recovered over $350,000,000 for our clients. We have the experience and know-how to take on medical device manufacturers and win.
Call our Cartiva implant lawyers today for a free consultation or text us from this page. You can also fill out the free case evaluation form on this page. We will not charge any fee to represent you until and unless we recover money for you in a Cartiva lawsuit.
Do I Qualify For A Cartiva Implant Lawsuit?
You may qualify for financial compensation in a Cartiva lawsuit if:
- You received a Cartiva implant
- The implant failed
- You experienced complications such as severe pain. Complications may include the need for toe fusion surgery or replacement surgery. Complications may include the need for an Arthrosurface implant, or other complications
What Compensation Can A Cartiva Implant Lawyer Help Me Recover?
Have you experienced complications after your Cartiva implant failed? You may qualify for financial compensation for:
- Medical bills: You are likely facing medical expenses if your Cartiva implant failed. You may have required treatments such as extra surgeries. You may also face medical bills in the future due to the implant failing. You might recover money for any past and future medical bills related to the implant failure.
- Lost wages: You might have had to miss time from work because your Cartiva implant failed. The failure may have left you unable to work. You might have had to miss work to attend medical appointments. You may be eligible for compensation for any wages you were unable to earn due to the device failure.
- Loss of earning capacity: You might no longer be able to work, or do the work you used to, because of your implant failure. If this is the case, you might qualify for compensation for loss or reduction of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: A Cartiva implant failure can cause physical pain. Having to go through extra surgeries can result in a lot of emotional suffering. You might recover money for any pain and suffering that result from the implant failure.
- Wrongful death: Implant failures can lead to infections, which can kill. Implant failures can also lead to the need for extra surgery. Death is always a risk when using general anesthesia. Have you lost a loved one because their Cartiva implant failed? You may qualify for compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income. You may recover money for the loss of their love and companionship. You may recover money for your loved one’s medical bills, pain and suffering. You may recover money for their burial costs and funeral costs.
What Is A Cartiva Implant?
Cartiva implants are cylindrical implants. They get placed into the first metatarsophalangeal joint, or big toe joint. They are implants which treat big toe arthritis. They are synthetic cartilage.
A hole gets drilled into the metatarsal head and then the Cartiva implant gets placed into the hole.
Cartiva implant lawsuits claim that the design of the Cartiva implant is incorrect. They claim it relies on “hard-on-soft” and “hard-on-hard” interactions. rather than the “soft-on-soft” interactions which happen in real cartilage. Cartiva lawsuits also claim that the hydrogel used in the implant could be better. They claim Stryker could produce a more stable and suitable material.
Was The Cartiva Implant’s FDA Approval ‘Fast Tracked?’
The FDA approved Cartiva as a Class III device. This approval, though, hinged on “substantial equivalence.” This means the implant worked as well as the gold standard of big toe arthritis treatment. That gold standard is arthrodesis, or fusion surgery. In fusion surgery, the metatarsal and phalangeal bones get fused together. This prevents the patient from moving their big toe. It also eliminates the patient’s arthritis pain, though.
The implant got approved based on a study involving 202 subjects. That study found that Cartiva implantation led to functional outcomes. It found it led to equal pain relief when compared to fusion surgery. Cartiva toe implant lawsuits claim, though, that this study has not been replicated. They claim it utilized too small of a sample size. Cartiva implant failure lawsuits allege that device approval based on “substantial equivalence” is usually reserved for Class II devices. They claim that such an approval evades full safety reviews by the FDA.
Has There Been A Cartiva Implant Recall?
Stryker has not recalled the Cartiva implant. Lawsuits, though, claim Stryker should have already recalled the implant. They claim this because of indications that the implants have a very high failure rate.
How Long Does Cartiva Implant Last?
Cartiva implants are designed to last for a lifetime. Lawsuits allege, though, that this is far from the case.
Lawsuits allege that the Cartiva implants have a high failure rate. Why does the Cartiva implant fail? Lawsuits allege the implants fail due to implant shrinkage. They allege they fail due to lysis and erosion of bone around the implant. According to lawsuits, a 2020 study found that 64 percent of Cartiva implant patients experienced implant shrinkage within four weeks of the surgery. 79 percent of them had implant shrinkage at their final follow-up.
The study also found that:
- 57 percent of patients had radiologic lucency near the Cartiva implant
- 40 percent of patients experienced erosion at the big toe’s proximal phalanx
- 43 percent reported they experienced no improvement in pain at their last follow-up
- 20 percent of patients needed another surgery
- Patients had radiologic subsidence and bone disintegration around their implants
- Patients experienced proximal phalynx countersurface erosion
- Patients experienced wear and tear of their implants
Lawsuits allege that Stryker should have recalled the Cartiva implant. They claim this because Stryker was aware of studies such as the 2020 study. That study found that 79 percent of patients experienced implant shrinkage. Lawsuits also claim Stryker should have warned about the high implant failure rate. They claim Stryker failed to despite knowing about it.
There have been over 230 reports submitted to the MAUDE database about Cartiva. Most of these reports are about loosening of the implant. Lawsuits claim that when a Cartiva implant fails, it is usually when the implant shrinks.
The Foot and Ankle Institute found that when a Cartiva big toe joint implant fails, it tends to result in the implant slipping down into bone.
What Are Cartiva Implant Failure Symptoms?
Symptoms of a Cartiva implant failure include:
- A decrease in range of motion
- An increase in pain
- The surgery never relieves the arthritis pain
- Inflammation and swelling
- Tenderness and redness
- Feeling unstable when walking or standing
Is There A Cartiva Implant Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit has not yet been filed about the Cartiva implant as of May 8, 2023.
You may receive far more money by filing an individual lawsuit instead of a class action lawsuit.
Call us today for a free consultation. We can discuss if it is best for you to file an individual lawsuit or a class action lawsuit.
What Allegations Have Been Raised In Cartiva Implant Lawsuits?
Lawsuits seek to recover compensation for those who have suffered failures of Cartiva implants. They allege that Stryker:
- Designed and sold a defective implant which is unreasonably dangerous.
- Failed to accurately confirm the amount of wear and tear of Cartiva implants.
- Failed to perform adequate research into Cartiva implants’ life expectancy.
- Failed to do a recall of the Cartiva implant after knowing of its high failure rate.
- Failed to perform a proper investigation into post-market reports. Those reports were about problems with the Cartiva implant.
- Put profits before patients’ safety
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Cartiva Implant Lawyer?
Nadrich & Cohen is a contingency fee law firm. This means that we do not charge our clients a fee until and unless we get a financial recovery for them. In other words, no fee is charge until and unless we win your case. You will never owe us an upfront fee or any money out of your own pocket.
The only fee we charge is a percentage of whatever money we recover for you. We don’t charge a fee if we don’t recover money for you.
What Can Nadrich & Cohen Do For Me?
To recover money in a defective medical device lawsuit like a Cartiva lawsuit, you need to prove that:
- The device was defective
- You got injured
- You got injured because the device was defective
To prove these things, we will perform a thorough investigation of your case. We will collect many different kinds of evidence for you to support your case. This evidence possibly includes:
- Expert testimony
- Complaints from consumers
- Product literature
- Testimony from patients
- Scientific studies
- Evidence of the device’s testing before sale
- Documents showing Stryker knew the Cartiva implant was defective before selling it
- Product design analysis
- Analysis of industry standards
- Medical expenses
You don’t need to handle the stressful process of filing a lawsuit on your own. You especially don’t need to while you’re recovering from your injuries. We will handle every step of your case for you. This includes filing a lawsuit and negotiating a settlement. This includes, if necessary, representing you in court. Most of our cases settle out of court, though. This is because of our reputation for success. We fight tenaciously for our clients. Medical device manufacturers such as Stryker know that when we take someone on in court, we win. They know it’s a waste of their time and money to take us on in court.
We will represent you aggressively and help protect your legal rights after your Cartiva implant failure. We work alongside experienced medical researchers. We do this to make sure you’re kept up to date about the newest, most precise information. We will make sure you receive battle-tested advocacy. We will help you hold Stryker responsible for your implant complications.
Call us today so we can handle every step of your case for you while you recover from your injuries. We will do whatever is needed to protect your interests. We will help you receive justice and fair, full compensation.
How Do I File A Cartiva Implant Lawsuit?
Have you or a loved one experienced complications after the failure of a Cartiva implant? Call us today for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers can file a lawsuit against Stryker on your behalf. It will seek financial compensation for medical expenses. It will seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Have you been injured by a defective Cartiva implant? You need lawyers whose focus is helping injury victims, lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen. Helping injury victims is our primary focus. It is how we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients. It is how we recovered $3 million for a victim of a defective heater-cooler device used during a surgery.
Let us hold Stryker accountable for selling a defective product. Let us recover for you the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free case review.